The Middlebury Campus

Ruminations of a Human Being: Systemic Racism, Police Brutality, and America’s Failure to Teach Empathy

By Martin Williams

July 4, 2020

"[Some White people] will shout, 'ALL LIVES MATTER,' avoid eye contact or keep their mouths shut in tacit support of police brutality," writes Martin Williams '20. "However, they don’t stop to think about the mother, father, son, daughter, friend or mentor killed by the cops’ 'fear' or 'mistake.' They treat the death of the victim as insignificant, although they would be enraged and desire justice too, if a cop murdered their loved one."

Education studies professor talks new book: “Through the Fog: Towards Inclusive Anti-Racist Teaching.”

Education studies professor talks new book: “Through the Fog: Towards Inclusive Anti-Racist Teaching.”

By CHARLOTTE KATZ

March 12, 2020

Tara Affolter, professor of education studies, spoke about her new book, “Through the Fog: Towards Inclusive Anti-Racist Teaching,” and posed a question whose answer she has devoted her life’s work to changing: Who gets to be a child or a teenager in this country?

Racism in the time of coronavirus

Racism in the time of coronavirus

By RAIN JI

February 20, 2020

What’s the secret to my newfound social status? The coronavirus.

Rep. John Lewis discusses civil rights movement legacy

Lewis is the last remaining member of the “Big Six” civil rights leaders of the 1960s, along with Martin Luther King Jr., Philip Randolph, Roy Wilkins, Whitney Young Jr. and James Farmer Jr.

By EMILY BALLOU

October 17, 2019

U.S. Congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis spoke to a sold-out audience at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington about his book, his experiences in the civil rights movement and what he sees as modern day social justice issue priorities.

This isn’t good enough

By MAX PADILLA

September 26, 2019

I’d like to change the way people at Middlebury talk and think about racial issues and this may be my one shot.

Dear My People: Black Lives Matter Is Not a Personal Attack

By ALEXIS LEVATO

December 6, 2018

Not black lives matter more, or white lives don’t matter. Black Lives Matter.

Dear My People: Black People Are Not Here For Our Entertainment

By ALEXIS LEVATO

November 29, 2018

“Do you know what’s historically been America’s most popular form of entertainment besides porn?”

Dear My People: Slavery Never Ended, It Just Found New Forms

By ALEXIS LEVATO

October 25, 2018

This isn’t just a question of recognizing the abuses and dehumanization that our ancestors committed, although that would be a step in the right direction.

Community Forums, Racial Accusations and Mirroring the Enemy

By DAVID STOLL

November 29, 2017

We’ve all heard about the Salem witch trials. If you go into the scholarship, it turns out there were no witches in Salem — only victims of sorcery accusations. If Salem’s problem with witchcraft did not include actual witches, could Middlebury College’s struggle against racism not include a...

Violent Imagery Drawn on Classroom Chalkboard

Violent Imagery Drawn on Classroom Chalkboard

By ETHAN BRADY

November 1, 2017

A racially charged image depicting college spokesman Bill Burger plowing into Addis Fouche-Channer ’17 with his car was found on a chalkboard in Munroe Hall.

Open Letter to President Patton

By MATT GILLIS

November 1, 2017

Dear President Laurie L. Patton: The hateful graffiti photographed by a student in Munroe Hall undoubtedly relates to the incident of racial profiling involving Addis Fouche-Channer after the Charles Murray protests. The graffiti also implicates Bill Burger, who is known to have driven the escape ve...

Racism and Responsibility

By LAURIE PATTON

October 18, 2017

In the last few weeks, administrators have heard numerous new reports, both on and off campus, of racism. Racism is present at Middlebury, and it will not be tolerated. We must come together as a community to address it. I argued in my inaugural address that inclusivity must be an everyday ethic — not...

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